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Buschenschank

Designation for a certain type of wine bar, where wine produced by the operator himself is served at certain times. The name comes from the "bush" made of green branches above the entrance gate, which indicates that the pub is open. In Germany there are also other names for this, such as Straußwirtschaft, Besenwirtschaft or Heckenwirtschaft. In Austria, especially in the capital Viennathese places are called wine taverns. Emperor Charles the Great (742-814) is said to have already issued regulations for the operation of such wine taverns, but no original source is known. In any case, the regulations in the two countries are quite similar. Typical for such pubs is the mostly rustic interior, a selection of simple, often hearty food and above all the very cosy, often familiar atmosphere. See also under wine events and wine with food

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